An off-day for the Mariners, but not for me. Larry is in Toronto with the team. I am staying home and preparing for some family coming out to visit.
Anyway let's get to some links ...
* First of all here's my game story from today's paper. I don't know if it wasn't accurately coveyed in my story, but I don't think Willie Bloomquist's dropped ball in centerfield cost the Mariners the game. It didn't help. But it wasn't the ultimate deciding factor.
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Think about it. If Bloomquist makes the catch, Jacoby Ellsbury was going back to tag at third, and he would have easily tagged up and made it to third. And even if he hadn't, he's still fast enough to score on Mike Lowell's single to left. Willie's error did lead to two additional runs though. And a three-run deficit to the Mariners might as well be 30. Seattle had five innings worth of at-bats to score one run and win the game. They couldn't do it.
Why? Well, for one thing they have horrible approaches at the plate with runners on base and in scoring position. They were 0-for-7 with RISP yesterday.
Our intern Stephen Chen led with those issues in his game notebook.
Larry wrote our main story for today's paper on Dave Niehaus' impending hall of fame induction. It's on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and will be broadcast on MLB.com.
* PCL saves leader Jared Wells blew a save last night for the Rainiers. More importantly, lefty Ryan Feierabend makes his first start for the Rainiers since injuring his elbow early in the season.
* I didn't get to post this yesterday, but Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe had an interesting game story the other day.
Here's an excerpt ...
The way the Mariners are swinging, a 12-year-old from Daisuke's old Little League team from Tokyo will gladly skip Williamsport and the Little League World Series, where they're scheduled to represent Japan, to take his shot at Seattle.
It's tough to disagree with him.
* The P-I's Jim Moore wrote about Erik Bedard in only the way Jim Moore can.
* As always, Jayson Stark's Rumblings and Grumblings is a must read.
Here's a few notes on the Mariners from it ...
Seattle's slew: It could be an action-packed week in Seattle. When we surveyed teams this week on players they expect to see moved, Jarrod Washburn was voted most likely starter to get traded and Arthur Rhodes was voted most likely left-handed set-up man to relocate. The Mariners are driving a slightly harder bargain on Raul Ibanez, but if they don't move him, too, it won't be for lack of interest.
&bull Yo Adrian: Despite reports that the Twins have given up on their attempts to pry Adrian Beltre away from Seattle, we're hearing those discussions are far from dead. The Twins' No. 1 trading priority is to upgrade at third base. One team that reportedly has packed it in on Beltre is the Dodgers, after they learned that Beltre's no-trade list specifically blocks his return to Chavez Ravine.
Here's what Buster Olney had in his blog ...
&bull The Marlins are reluctant to pay Colorado's asking price for Brian Fuentes, and they've expressed interest in Seattle reliever Arthur Rhodes.
&bull The Yankees are fully cognizant that Jarrod Washburn has a full no-trade clause, but they don't intend to add any financial enticements to convince him to waive it. "If he wants to come here, great," said one club official. "If he wants to stay in Seattle, we have other options."
* Yankees manager Joe Giradi called Richie Sexson "awesome" at first base. Mariners fans used another adjective that started with "A."
* Former Mariner Shin Soo Choo may have to leave the Indians to serve in South Korea's military. I remember there was some concern for Cha Seung Baek over similar situations.
* It's bad enough that the Padres are terrible, but it's worse that they're boring to watch writes Nick Canepa.
* Santa Rosa Press Democrat columnist Lowell Cohn isn't drinking the Billy Beane Kool-Aid.
* The world's finest news organization - the Onion - has this funny story about Prince Fielder and CC Sabathia.
* ESPN's Jerry Crasnick lists his top nine Ozzie meltdowns.
* This Boston columnist wants Red Sox fans to drop the Yankees Suck chant. What's next? No "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth inning.
* Trade Roy Halladay, could you imagine what he would command in return?